Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 9:1-6
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus, Anempodistus, and 7,000 with them, of Persia
Troparion — Tone 2
Blessed is the earth that received your blood, Passion-bearers of the Lord,
and holy is the dwelling place which received your spirits.
You triumphed over the enemy in the stadium
and you preached Christ with boldness.
Since He is good, we pray that you beseech Him to save our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 2
You have received into the enjoyment of Your goodness and repose, O only Good One,
the pious and God-bearing martyrs, who abandoned all earthly things:
Acindynus, Pegasias, and Anempodistus,
together with Aphthonius and Elpidephorus.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Saint Marcian of Cyrrhus
- Ozerianka Icon of the Mother of God of Shuiu-Smolensk
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.